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How Long do Hair Extensions Last?

An insight into the different methods of hair extensions there are, how long they last and how you can take care of them so that they last as long as possible.

Fusion/pre-bonded hair extensions (3-4 months)

Fusion hair extensions or Pre-Bonded hair extensions are attached to the root of the hair with a tool that looks similar to a hot glue gun. This heated tool attaches hair to individual strands of the natural hair for a fuller, natural looking appearance.

How long do they last?

Fusion bonds usually last up to 3 to 4 months, depending on how well you treat them. This covers how you wash your hair, how often you style with heating tools and even using the right hair brush since these extensions are attached at the root of your natural hair. 

How do I take care of my pre-bonded hair extensions?

Ideally you want to try invest in sulphate free shampoo & conditioner, some form of argan/Moroccan oil for the mid length to ends of the hair and a conditioning mask treatment. Heat protection is important to use prior to any heated tool use. A soft bristle brush is important to use on the hair working your way from the bottom of the hair upwards rather than from the root down.

Tape in hair extensions (4-8 weeks)

Tape in hair extensions are literally as per their name suggests; taped together on either side of your natural hair using an adhesive weft tape. They are fairly popular because it doesn’t require heat and also lets your natural hair grow out easily. 

How long do they last?

Tape In hair extensions will last you anywhere from 4-8 weeks. If taken care of well, you can have the same extensions taped back in for a fresher look.

How do I take care of tape in hair extensions?

One of the most essential tips to remember is to never comb or brush your tape in hair extensions when wet. Make sure to dry well and brush through them with a hair extension brush. This will help them last longer and look more natural. 

Clip in hair extensions (3-6 months)

Clip in hair extensions are the easiest to use and the least permanent type of hair extension there is. These come in strands that have clips attached to the base that are simple to clip into your natural roots.

How long do they last?

If you regularly use your clip in hair extensions and care for them well, they can last you anywhere between 3-6 months and sometimes even over a year. But again, like all hair extensions this depends on how well you take care of them.

How do I take care of clip in hair extensions?

We recommend washing them with sulphate free, natural products after several wears. Be mindful of drying them well before you brush them out as not doing so could cause breakage and damage causing your extensions to wear out quicker.

Sew in hair extensions (6-8 weeks)

To have your hair extensions sewn in, you’d need to have your natural hair braided into cornrows first and then these extensions would be sewn onto the braids with a needle and thread. Individuals with thicker hair usually opt to have their hair extensions sewn in. 

How long do they last?

Sew In hair extensions are fairly permanent and would last you anywhere between 6-8 weeks. It is recommended that the maximum time you should have a full weave is 3 months as it could affect the growth of your natural hair.

How do I take care of sew in hair extensions?

It is important to moisturise the scalp, nape as well as the edges of your weave at least once a week using deep conditioning products that help moisturise the hair to keep it looking natural and healthy. 

Micro/nano rings (3-4 months)

These hair extensions are applied by taking small sections of natural hair and attaching tiny wefts of hair to it using different sized beads (nano rings being the smallest on the market) No heat or glue is involved in this method. 

How long do they last?

These link extensions would last you for 3-4 months depending on how well you take care of these. Because these beads are attached at the roots of your natural hair, it is important to treat them with extra caution and use natural products.

How do I take care of micro ring hair extensions?

You can treat these extensions just like your natural hair and use the same styling products but just like fusion/pre-bonded hair extensions, your micro link extensions would need to be repositioned every 2-3 months as the natural hair will move the micro/nano beads away from the scalp.

Conclusion 

How long your hair extension lasts will depend on the type of hair extension and how good you take care of it. In some cases, a wig might be a better option. You can read more about how to choose between wigs and hair extensions. If you decide to remove the extensions on your own, please check out this blog on how to remove hair extensions